Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 Drive Family

Hitachi announced its new 500GB, 5,400 RPM Travelstar Z5K500 drive family that will be shipping to select distributors in December. Mentioned as the industry’s highest capacity, one-disk, 7 mm z-height HDD, the Travelstar Z5K500 drives feature 1.8 watts (W) read/write power and 0.55W low power idle, and deliver a nearly silent operation at 1.9 idle / 2.1 seek bels. The drives also feature an 8MB cache and a Serial ATA 3Gb per second interface. They are also Hitachi’s second generation Advanced Format drive, which increases the physical sector size on HDDs from 512 bytes to 4,096 (4K) bytes, thereby improving drive capacity and error correction capabilities.